FLEET AIR ARM FITS
In the days of long ago, when we had lots of ships, lots of men, and
lots of naval aircraft in our Fleet Air Arm *, our aircraft
had their own set of radio equipments, although it was not uncommon to
see some of it fitted in ships or submarines; the AN/Arc 52 was a good
example. Many equipments used Crystals [XTALS] for their frequency
determination, and the crystallisation was a joint effort between ships
communicators and air radio electrical staff, the pinkies.
Just as a marker, here is a typical list of the aircraft we flew from
Fixed Wing; the Buccaneer Mk I and Mk II - enormous fighter bombers |
Gannet AEW Mk III and Sea Vixen - also big aircraft. Rotary Wing;
the Wessex Mk I , III and V, Whirlwind SAR, SeaKing and the Wasp. VTOL,
The Fleet Air Arm used mainly American kit, so first off, here is a
list of American nomenclature.
USN Nomenclature.pdf. From the following file, you will see
that our aircraft used mainly the American Collins 618T HF SSB
Transceiver which the FAA called the ARI 23090. Even the Buccaneer
MkI had an American Mullard SSB HF transceiver called the ARI18179/1.
In addition, they were all fitted with the American AN/Arc 52 UHF
Transceiver, or, for some helicopters [Wasp for example] where weight
was always of concern, the PTR 170 lightweight UHF
12-channel transceiver, the ARI 18197/1 or 2. Note that the PTR 170 is
not an American equipment and that PTR stands for 'Portable Transmit
Receive'. Some were fitted for VHF working but not main FAA front
line or second line aircraft. Here then is that file.
* Affectionately known as 'airy fairies' [note, not hairy].
This comes from the name Ariel, named so by William Shakespeare in his
play, 'The Tempest'. Ariel was a mischievous airy spirit [a fairy]
who darted [flew] here and there causing ructions. I suppose that the
Illustrious' "Ariel's" caused ructions for the Italians at Taranto,
and I won't mention what the German battleship Bismarck thought
of Ark Royals' "Ariel's" !
Other files of interest
AN ARC 52.pdf
FAA DUAL PURPOSE GENERATOR.pdf
FAA RECEIVER R47.pdf
FAA RECEIVER Tf [MODIFIED].pdf
FAA TRANSCEIVER TRX4 WITH RX RX42.pdf
FAA TRANSMITTER T48.pdf
FAA TRANSMITTER TYPE T21C.pdf
FAA WAVEMETER TYPE W3.pdf
FAA WAVEMETER WX13.pdf
FAA WAVEMETER WX8.pdf